History & Highlights: The Warrenwood Manor Barn

Rustic Barn Transformation
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The Warrenwood Manor barn isn’t often the center of attention when we talk about the history and architecture of the property, but it should be.  The house at Warrenwood is gorgeous, but the barn has its own charm and intrigue as well.  We just don’t know as much about the barn’s past as we do about the house.  It is believed to have been built in the early 1900’s as one of two, maybe even three large barns on the property.  At one point the barn was painted white and green, but it was black and white when we purchased it.  That is pretty much all we know.  When renovations began in 2014 the barn had a dirt floor, horse stalls, a large grain bin and a full hay loft.  There were holes in the roof and every door was either missing or broken.  As changes were made we took every opportunity to maintain the character of the structure.  We also salvaged every piece of old wood we could, most of which is a beautiful tongue and groove oak, for use on other property projects.  These are a few photos to show how far we have come.

Before renovations.
After renovations.
We tried to blend the new addition with the old barn as much as possible while meeting all the building code requirements.

We did some major sprucing up for my wedding in October 2014, but a lot of work happened over the winter of 2014 and 2015.  Since then gradual improvements have turned the Warrenwood barn into a rustic charmer.  We now have concrete floors, string lights and chandeliers under a new roof.  Over the winter, we even added on a men’s restroom, women’s restroom and a prep kitchen for caterers in order to bring the entire space up to all Kentucky occupancy code requirements.  The barn has become the main event space comfortably seating 180 guests for a reception.  It provides a dry place for events regardless of the weather.  Housing either the ceremony and/or reception, the barn has taken on so many different looks over the past two years.  Here is a peek at some of our favorite moments in and around the barn.

Wedding barn in Kentucky
Bride & Groom exit Warrenwood barn wedding ceremony
Barn wedding reception with chandeliers
Rustic Boho Barn Wedding Reception
Bride & Groom during barn reception
Garden inspired tablesetting in Warrenwood Barn
Southern glam ceremony in barn
Barn Wedding Ceremony with drapery and chandeliers
Spring wedding ceremony in Warrenwood barn with pink and navy color palette
Front of Warrenwood Manor barn
Sparkler send off from Warrenwood Manor barn wedding reception
Bride & Groom first dance during barn reception
Styled tablescape with copper, olive and burgundy
Spring wedding ceremony in barn
First dance of Mr. & Mrs. in refined rustic wedding reception
Wedding cake on bourbon barrel bar
Bride and Father of the Bride enter traditional barn wedding ceremony
Bride & Groom exit barn wedding ceremony at Warrenwood
Portrait of Bride & Groom with string lights in background
Wedding ceremony in a rustic barn
Rustic Vintage Wedding Ceremony in a barn
Gold, pink & burgundy fall tablescape
Southern glam rustic barn reception
Barn with chandeliers
Spring pink and ivory tablescape
Rustic barn reception with burlap runners
Southern glam wedding reception in Warrenwood barn
Banquet style reception in barn
Bride & Groom during wedding reception in Warrenwood barn
Intimate wedding reception in Warrenwood Manor barn
Bridal Portrait in rustic barn
Fall refined rustic wedding ceremony
Cake Cutting at Warrenwood Manor
Vintage-inspired pastel centerpiece
Barn ceremony with lanterns and bench seating
Wreaths on barn doors at Warrenwood barn
Wedding ceremony in barn with champagne color palette
Banquet style wedding recpetion with ivory table linens, burlap runner and baby's breath flowers
Pallet bar in Warrenwood Manor barn
Sparkler send off from Warrenwood Manor wedding reception
Sweetheart Table, champagne and pastels
Bride and Groom in front on white barn doors and string lights
Becky Willard Photography, Tara Young Photography, Honey Heart Photography, Rainwater Photography, KM Russel Photography, Christy Lee Photography, The King’s Daughter Photography, Hilly Photography, Kevin & Anna Photography, Daring Tales Darling Bones, Leah Barry Photography, Erin Trimble Photography, Jessica Moore Photography, Ben Keeling Photography, Legacy Art Photography and Videography
Bride & Groom in Warrenwood Manor Barn, Refined Rustic

Photography by: Becky Willard Photography, Tara Young Photography, Honey Heart Photography, Rainwater Photography, KM Russel Photography, Christy Lee Photography, The King’s Daughter Photography, Hilly Photography, Kevin & Anna Photography, Daring Tales Darling Bones, Diverse Photographers, Leah Barry Photography, Erin Trimble Photography, Jessica Moore Photography, Ben Keeling Photography, Legacy Art Photography and Videography and Cassie Lopez Photography

History & Highlights: Warrenwood’s Historic Home

At Warrenwood Manor, we like to say that we honor the past by celebrating the future.  We celebrate marriages, babies, birthdays and all that these occasions mean for the future.  Meanwhile, guests get to experience and appreciate first hand the beautiful, craftsmanship and charm of what the past has made of the Warrenwood estate.  As so many old homes are being demolished, we are thankful to have found a way to keep Warrenwood thriving.

The Beginning of Warrenwood Manor

In 1785 Captain William Warren, a Revolutionary War Soldier, purchased 304 acres of land.  This purchase included the 100 acres upon which Warrenwood Manor now sits.  It wasn’t until 1856 that descendants of Captain Warren, John Fouche Warren and Samuel Wilcox Warren, would commission the construction of the house.

Warrenwood is one of three Gothic villas, including the Helm-Gentry House and the Mound Cottage, constructed between 1852 and 1856 in the Danville area.  All three homes were modeled after the Elley Villa of Lexington and roughly based on sketches published by A. J. Downing and A. J. Davis.  The builder of these villas is unknown, but they were probably designed and built by the same architect due to their similarities.  It is believed possible that the houses were constructed by Robert Russell Jr., a local Danville builder, who is attributed with the construction of most of the early brick structures in the area.

The home rests on a foundation of stone allowed to settle for two years before the bricks were laid.  The dark red bricks that make up the home’s exterior and interior walls were made on the property and laid four deep in the thinnest parts of the walls.  Lumber, cut from the property, was used to construct rooms measuring eighteen feet square and ceilings fourteen feet high.  The front door, surrounded by leaded, Venetian glass opens to a large hall lit by two Venetian hall lamps.  Solid walnut details include doors throughout the house, window facings, massive mantels and the banister ascending to the third floor.

The Warrenwood home is full of elegance and southern charm around every corner.  Warrenwood, along with the Helm-Gentry House and the Mound Cottage were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 for their architectural and historical significance.  Over time additions were made to the back of the house, but the main structure has remained remarkably intact and serves as a snapshot of the past.

The Recent History of Warrenwood Manor

Warrenwood Manor was loving restored in 2014 before opening for it’s first wedding season in 2015.  It is and will always be a work in progress, but that is part of the charm.  After sitting empty for almost a decade, we like to think that Warrenwood loves being filled again with love and laughter every weekend.  By the end of it’s third year of operation, Warrenwood will have hosted nearly 100 weddings and countless other events.  Below we share some of the most stunning images taken in and around the Warrenwood home over then past two years.

Bride & Groom in front of Kentucky historic mansion
Bride & Bridesmaids in the Warrenwood Manor Bridal Suite
Groom and groomsmen get ready in Warrenwood Groom's Quarters
Banquet-style reception with bud vase centerpieces and burlap runner
Wedding party with horse-drawn carriage
Bride in Warrenwood Manor bridal Suite
Large floral arrangement in entry hall of historic Warrenwood Manor
Picnic style backyard wedding reception
Intimate wedding ceremony in Warrenwood entry hall
Bride in the second floor hall of Warrenwood Manor
Banquet style wedding reception table with floral box centerpiece
Vintage inspired tablescapes at Warrenwood Manor wedding reception
Groom in groom's quarters at Warrenwood Manor, a central Kentucky wedding venue
Bride & Groom in front of rural Kentucky estate
Bride & Groom in front of historic Kentucky mansion
Reception setup in Warrenwood Manor
Bridal portrait in mirror of bridal suite
Ivory wedding reception in historic home
Dresses hanging in bridal suite
Bride and Groom in front of gothic style historic home
Back of historic home with porch and stone patio
Navy suit hanging in Warrenwood Groom's Quarters
Groom getting ready in Warrenwood
Brown leather shoes in blue and white tile bathroom
Portrait of Bride and Groom against vintage wallpaper
Bridal portrait at Warrenwood Manor, a central Kentucky wedding venue
Wedding party dressed in navy in front of home built in 1856
Sparkler send off from wedding reception
Summer spring outdoor wedding reception
Historic mansion on the Warrenwood Manor estate
Bridal party in the entry hall of Warrenwood Manor
Bride with train on the steps of Warrenwood Manor
Back of Warrenwood with tent
Bridal party getting ready for wedding in bridal suite
Entry hall of historic home with greek revival details
Bride & Groom in Warrenwood Manor viewed from staircase
Blush flowy bridal party in front of venue with southern charm
Ivory wedding reception in Warrenwood Manor
Reception food display in the Warrenwood dining room
Bride and groom dancing in Warrenwood
Bride and groom with vintage car in front of historic home
Cobalt, pink & ivory tablescape
Ivory, rose gold and pink tablesetting in Warrenwood Manor
Bride getting ready in Warrenwood Manor
Pink and teal reception tablescape in Warrenwood Manor
Bride and Groom with horse-drawn carriage in front of Warrenwood

Photography Credits to: Unveiled Studio, Daring Tale of Darling Bones, Ben Keeling Photography, KM Russel Photography, Christy Lee Photography, Jessica Moore Photography, Emily Wakin Photography, Leah Barry Photography, Rainwater Photography, Becky Willard Photography, Honey Heart Photography, Cassie Lopez Photography, Erin Trimble Photography, Hilly Photography and Legacy Art Photography & Videography

The Perfect Airy Spring Wedding: Megan + Jason

Y’all I cannot get over this spring wedding!  I’m serious! It’s been over a year now since Megan and Jason tied the knot, but I still can’t get over how this spring wedding was just so perfect in every way. And not just because Megan is my sister-in-law, but because this sweet couple made sure that their wedding day celebrated their marriage and who they are. Plus, all the details and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect! A beautiful, yet simple afternoon wedding with pops of color and personal touches is just what we all need today, right?

Watercolor Floral Wedding Invitation by Simply Done Invites
Wedding dress hanging in the Warrenwood Manor bridal suite
Mimosas and fruit in the bridal suite
Set of watercolor floral invitations by Simply Done Invites
Bride getting ready in the Warrenwood Manor bridal suite
Bride getting ready in the Warrenwood Manor bridal suite
Bride getting ready in the Warrenwood Manor bridal suite
Bride getting ready in the Warrenwood Manor bridal suite
Soft bridal makeup by Something Blu
Bridal Updo by Something Blue with headband
Peach, pink and white bridal bouquet with succulent by Doug Smith Designs
Bride at Warrenwood Manor in the spring
Bride at Warrenwood Manor in the spring
Perfect spring bridal portrait at Warrenwood Manor
Groom in Groom's Quarters at Warrenwood Manor dressed in gray suite
Groom in gray suite with green-gray tie
Groom in gray suite with green-gray tie
Groom in gray suite with green-gray tie and succulent boutonniere
Groom in gray suite with green-gray tie
Wedding Welcome Sign with flower-filled watering cans
Spring Wedding Sign with Floral accents
Wedding ceremony aisle with wood stumps and floral arrangements
Historic brick cottage with floral swag and moss letter as ceremony backdrop
Warrenwood back yard wedding ceremony
Wedding Ceremony Aisle flowers with bells of ireland, roses, snapdragons and stock
Bride and Father of the Bride entering ceremony at Warrenwood Manor
Groom and Pastor waiting for bride at alter during backyard ceremony at Warrenwood Manor
Spring estate wedding ceremony at Warrenwood Manor in central Kentucky
Bride & Groom during spring wedding ceremony in central Kentucky
Bride & Groom during spring wedding ceremony in central Kentucky
The new Mr. & Mrs. exit their spring ourdoor wedding ceremony
Mantle decor at Warrenwood Manor wedding reception
Dessert display in the Warrenwood Manor dining room
Peach and pink table setting with box flower arrangement at spring outdoor wedding reception
Bud vase flower arrangements for cocktail tables
Spring wedding reception setup in Warrenwood Manor
Vanilla cupcakes on display
Sandwiches served during wedding reception at Warrenwood Manor
Spring bud vase flower arrangement on entry table at Warrenwood Manor wedding reception
Outdoor wedding reception set up on the back porch and patio at Warrenwood Manor
Wedding reception in Warrenwood Manor
Outdoor wedding reception set up on the back porch and patio at Warrenwood Manor
Single tier ivory wedding cake on wood slab with copper wire cake topper
Bride and Groom cut the cake at outdoor wedding ceremony
Bride and Groom cut the cake at outdoor wedding ceremony
Guests on the back porch of Warrenwood Manor
Bride & Groom at spring farm wedding in Kentucky
Bride & Groom at spring farm wedding in Kentucky
Bride & Groom in field at spring farm wedding in Kentucky
Bride & Groom with their dog at their spring wedding

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Do you want to have your wedding at Warrenwood Manor?  We’re now booking events for 2018!  Check out our website for more information then contact us to arrange a tour.

Kentucky Proud Events

How to host a Kentucky proud event
How to host a Kentucky proud event, Photo by Daring Tales Darling Bones

In honor of the upcoming Kentucky Derby festivities, we’re celebrating everything Kentucky proud on the blog today.  We are so luck to live in a state with great people and rich traditions.  I believe every event, year-round, should have a healthy dose of Kentucky culture.

The Food

Benedictine Tea Sandwiches
Benedictine Tea Sandwiches

When you think of Kentucky cuisine think southern soul recipes meets farm fresh

ingredients.  A stereotypical event in the Bluegrass state should start with beer cheese, pimento cheese and/or benedictine spread.  Other signature menu items include the Kentucky hot brown, fried chicken, country ham & biscuit, green beans and cheesy grits.

To do these menu items justice, you will want locally produced ingredients.  Use the Kentucky Proud Producer website to find all the produce and products you need.  Many Kentucky caterers are willing to find local providers if you’re going with a caterer for your event.

Don’t forget the sweet treats.  You can never go wrong by serving Derby Pie, but Kentucky has so many tasty options when it comes to locally produced candies and chocolates too.  Some of my favorites are Ruth Hunt Candies, Old Kentucky ChocolatesMom Blakeman’s Candy and Sharp’s Candies of Kentucky.  For your event, you could give a combination of your favorites as a party favor or do a candy bar where guests can try what all sorts of yummies.

This Kentucky Candy Bar was done by Sassy Spoon Catering for a Warrenwood Wedding.
This Kentucky Candy Bar was done by Sassy Spoon Catering for a Warrenwood Wedding.

The Bar

Kentucky is blessed to be home to the rich tradition and thriving market of bourbon distilling.  As a result there are countless distilleries in Kentucky that

Bourbon Tasting Bar
Bourbon Tasting Bar via the Celebrating at Home Blog

make the best bourbon money can buy.  Therefore, a Kentucky proud event would be incomplete without a bar stock with the likes of Maker’s Mark, Four Roses Bourbon, Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Woodford Reserve Distillery, Jim Beam, Wild Turkey, Bulleit, Michter’s, Booker’s, Knob Creek, and Blanton’s. 

Mint juleps are a staple when it comes to Kentucky mixed drinks but, you could also include the lesser known Oaks Lily or Mint Julep Sweet Tea.

If you are more of a beer connoisseur, Kentucky has a budding craft beer industry lead by West Sixth Brewing, Country Boy Brewing, Against the Grain Brewery, Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. and Falls City Beer.  To figure out what beers you want to have at your event head over to The Casual Pint in downtown Lexington to taste all the best Kentucky options.

The Decor

Bourbon isn’t just for the bar.  You can use bourbon barrels in place of cocktail tables or for your cake table.  You could even collect bourbon bottles to use as centerpieces.  There are also a million (that is only a slight exaggeration) other re-purposed barrel products that can be purchased or made for your event.

Buy local blooms. Three Toads Farm, Black Rooster Farm, Meadowview Flowers, Bellaire Blooms, and Falling Springs Flower Farm grow high quality flowers here in the Bluegrass.  Take the Kentucky vibes up one more notch by arranging your local blooms in a vintage trophy cup, stoneware crock, mason jar or mint julep cup.

Blooms from Black Rooster Farm in Ball/Mason Jar
Blooms from Black Rooster Farm in a Ball/Mason Jar
Farm Fresh Flowers by Three Toads Farm
Three Toads Farm flowers in a vintage trophy cup arrangement
Meadowview Flowers at Warrenwood Barn Ceremony
Meadowview Flowers in a vintage crock on a bourbon barrel

 

 

 

 

 

Include equestrian inspired details.  Think stirrups, bits, horseshoes, vintage competition ribbons and leather accents.  Use these items to create character, not clutter.  You don’t want to over do it so be creative in how you use these accents to make a statement.

Stirrup Candle Holders from Horse & Hound
Stirrup Candle Holders from Horse & Hound
Equestian Inspired Styled Shoot by Rustic Wedding Chic
Equestrian Inspired Styled Shoot by Rustic Wedding Chic

Embrace all things vintage.  Find and use old books, vases, platters, china and anything else tastefully vintage you can find.  These items add interest, character and charm to the look of your Kentucky proud event. With such a rich and diverse history, there are so many

Keep it natural.  Kentucky is naturally beautiful, so let it speak for itself at your event.  Choose a natural color palette, embrace elements from your surroundings and host your event outside if the weather permits.

The Music

A Kentucky event would be incomplete without the sound of a banjo, fiddle, washboard and the like playing some traditional bluegrass songs.  Get back to the roots of what makes Kentucky, Kentucky with a live Bluegrass band or a DJ who knows their way around the classics.  Your playlist should include musical legends like John Prine, Bill Monroe and Loretta Lynn as well as current Kentucky artists such as Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton.  You could also add these 13 songs about Kentucky to your playlist.

Have fun hosting your quintessential Kentucky event!  Comment below if you have suggestions to add.

Recap of Our Spring Open House

When you try something new you just never know exactly how things are going to turn out.  So on April 8th, we had no idea what to expect when we hosted our very first open house.  Would people come?  Would vendors be interested?  Would we get support from the Danville community?  Luckily, the answer to all these questions was yes!  We had over 200 guests tour the Warrenwood Manor grounds during the event and we couldn’t be more thankful to everyone! The weather was absolutely perfect and we couldn’t have ask for more support, love and encouragement from everyone who attended!

  • Couples who are already booked at Warrenwood used the open house as an opportunity to meet wedding professionals and discuss the floor plan and logistics for their event.
  • Couples interested in having their wedding at Warrenwood toured the property and got more information about what Warrenwood has to offer.
  • Wedding professionals were able to see what’s new at Warrenwood and mingle with potential clients.
  • The general public was delighted to see what has become of this treasured local landmark.  It was amazing to hear stories of how different people in the community have a connection to the history of Warrenwood and it’s former owners.

We couldn’t have done this event without our event sponsors.  We all worked together to make Warrenwood look amazing and provide an experience that every guest could find something of interest.

Stems LLC provided 16 beautiful floral arrangements to dress up the venue.  The large urn arrangement she did for the entry hall was just stunning.

Bryant’s Rent-All showcased four different table settings of varying styles and color palettes along with several linen and furniture rental options.

Chaplin River Catering, Dupree Catering + Events and Southern Plate Catering gave guests a sampling of what they do best.  There was a fruit tray, veggie tray, cheese platter, finger sandwiches and mini hot browns just to name a few of the options.

Sweets by Cindy brought a tasty three-tier ivory naked cake along with mini cupcakes of three flavors.  My favorite mini cupcake was Death by Chocolate, but the Butterscotch Bacon flavor was a hit too.

Keith & Melissa Photography were on-site during the event to capture all the details of the event. We have them to thank for all of these beautiful pictures! If you haven’t liked their page on Facebook or followed them on Instagram get on over there and do it!

If you weren’t able to make it to our event, here are some photos to give you a taste for what the day was like.  Enjoy!

Spring at Warrenwood Manor, a central Kentucky wedding venue
Sponsors for Warrenwood Manor Open House
Entry Hall at Warrenwood Manor with large floral arrangement
Tulip, ranuculus and hydrangea centerpieces with rose gold vases by Stems, LLC
Small arrangement by Stems LLC for cocktail table
Ivory, gold and blush table setting in Warrenwood Manor by Stems LLC and Bryant's Rent All
Gold and silver place setting
Cheese platter by Chaplin River Catering
Fruit platter at Open House by Chaplin River Catering
Warrenwood Manor Dining Room
Dessert platter at Warrenwood Manor Open House
Finger sandwiches at Warrenwood Manor Open House
Sample ceremony setup at Warrenwood Manor Open House with benches
Warrenwood Manor Barn
Appetizers on pallet bar in Warrenwood Manor barn
Cheese platter by Dupree Catering
Mini Hot Browns made by Southern Plate Catering
Cheese Platter by Dupree Catering
Mint, Purple & Gold Garden Inspired Table Setting
Mint, Purple & Gold Garden Inspired Table Setting
Mint, Purple & Gold Garden Inspired Table Setting
Orange Floral Arrangement
Copper Table Setting from Bryant's Rent-All and Stems LLC
Vineyard table and chairs with copper accents
Vineyard table and chairs with copper accents in Warrenwood Manor Barn
Pink and Ivory tablesetting at Warrenwood Manor Open House by Bryant's Rent-All and Stems LLC
Pink and Ivory tablesetting with Hydrangea and Rose centerpiece
Pink and Ivory tablesetting with Ivory plates and silver utensils
Open House Idea: Print photo books to showcase photos for events in wach space of the venue
Three-tier ivory naked cake with pink roses by Sweets by Cindy
Cupcakes by Sweets by Cindy
Cupcakes by Sweets by Cindy
Cupcakes by Sweets by Cindy

 

Wedding Weekend Helpers

Bridal Party at Southern Farm Wedding, Photo by Christy Lee Photography
Bridal Party at Southern Farm Wedding, Photo by Christy Lee Photography
How to organize your wedding weekend helpers, Photo by Becky Willard Photography
How to organize your wedding weekend helpers

Tips for Making the Most of Wedding Helpers

Weddings are complicated. Emotions are high and there are just so many elements and people that have to come together to make the event a success. It is easy to get lost in the details, but always remember that you don’t have to do it all by yourself. If hiring everything done isn’t in the budget, don’t worry! Friends and family will be more than willing to step in to help if you are organized, considerate and appreciative.  Here are some pointers to help you make the most of your time with your wedding weekend helpers!

Get organized

  • Make descriptive to-do lists that give clear directions.  Be sure to include who, when, where and how to complete each task as well as a realistic estimate of the time it will take to finish.
  • Make sure someone is in charge.  Hire an event coordinator if possible, but if not find someone who is good at managing people and understands the vision you have for your wedding day.
  • Post your event timeline, to-do lists and the contact information for whoever is in charge in a public place so everyone can see who is doing what and what still needs to be done. We recommend getting everyone on Google Docs in advance and then having a command center at the venue.
  • Provide the proper resources and tools for your helpers to complete their task.  It is always helpful to include pictures or sketches so people can visualize what you’re asking of them.

Be considerate

  • Allow your volunteers to pick how to contribute to your wedding. It may be best to make suggestions based on their skills, but ultimately let them decide. AKA don’t give uncle Bobby the power lifter the job of tieing tiny ribbons on favor bags.
  • Let people know in advance what they’ll be doing and practical details about their task, like what to wear, what time to arrive and how long they’ll be working.
  • Respect your helpers’ time by not having too many or too few helpers. No one wants to just sit around because there isn’t enough work and no one wants to be stressed that they won’t be able to finish their job. But, for your sake error on the side of too many helpers.
  • Make it fun for your helpers.  Play music or have contests to keep the mood light and stress-free.
  • Have drinks and snacks available for your volunteers. They are probably coming early for setup and staying late for cleanup so keep them hydrated and happy NOT hangry!

Show appreciation

  • There are so many ways to show your appreciation for the work your helpers did.  You’re probably going to know the most appropriate and fitting option, but you could:
    • Mention your helpers in speech or on the program
    • Give them a special gift (doesn’t have to be anything big)
    • Reserve prominent seats for them at your reception
    • Host a dinner party after the event
  • Don’t forget to return the favor or pay it forward.  Be the first to volunteer to help when a friend or family member is planning an event or in need of help in any way.

Your goal should be for you and your helpers to stay as calm and stress-free as possible.  You will want to be able to relax and enjoy your day.  So, make the effort to be organized, considerate and appreciative before, during and after your event.

*Feature Photo by The King’s Daughter Photography

Wedding Cakes Worth Celebrating

See 20 Beautiful Weddings Cakes
See the Warrenwood Manor blog for 20 beautiful wedding cakes

Warning:  Viewing these beautiful wedding cakes may cause intense sweet treat cravings.  You’ve been warned, but I promise it will be worth it because these cakes are gorgeous.  Enjoy!

d Wedding Cake with ivory ranuculus
Three-tier textured ivory wedding cake with eucalyptus and roses
Three-tier ivory wedding cake with navy ribbon and bright florals
Textured three-tier ivory wedding cake with soft pink flowers
Rosette textured single-tier wedding cake with wood laser cut cake topper
Pale pink and ivory two-tier wedding cake with spray roses
Two-tier naked layered wedding cake with laser cut topper and berries
Two-tier naked layered wedding cake with farm fresh flowers
Two-tiered textured ivory wedding cake with pennant banner cake topper
Two-tier ivory cake with love birds on top
Single-tier textured wedding cake on wood slice with copper wire cake topper
Three-tier ivory wedding cake with light pink ribbon, laser cut cake topper and roses
Three-tier ivory wedding cake with pink spray roses and greenery on a gold cake stand
Three-tier ivory textured wedding cake with burgundy flowers on gold cake stand
Ivory two-tier textured wedding cake with laser cut cake topper and pink flowers
Ivory three-tier textured wedding cake with laser cut cake topper on sliver cake stand
Ivory naked layered wedding cake on wood slice
Ivory three-tier wedding cake with silver initial cake topper and silver cake stand
Blush and Ivory four-tier wedding cake with rosette texture on silver cake stand
Ivory three-tier wedding cake with gold topper and cake stand with lots of flowers
Rustic ivory two-tier wedding cake with flowers

The central Kentucky area has so many talented bakers.  Sweets by Cindy, Martine’s Pastries, Sweet LiLu’s, Tinker’s Cake Shop and Confused Confections Bakehouse have all provide cakes, cupcakes and/or desserts at Warrenwood Manor.  I know we have not given every baker proper credit for their above cake(s) so if you made one of these cakes please comment below with your information.  We want to make sure to support all the vendors that make our events possible.

Cake photos were taken by the following photographers (top to bottom, left to right):

A Romantic Southern Wedding: Mary + Dan

In September of 2016, Mary and Dan celebrated their marriage at Warrenwood Manor in a stately southern affair.  Throughout the event charming, romantic touches brought personality to the timeless aesthetic of a blush, navy and white color palette.  Every detail was fitting for this couple.  In front of the cottage, Mary and Dan tied the knot in a ceremony that truly honored their strong religious foundation.  Then they danced the night away in an upbeat barn reception.  This sweet couple perfectly balanced fun and faith on their special day!

Vendors

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Wedding Photos

Warrenwood Manor - Central Kentucky Wedding Venue
Sweetheart cut wedding dress with illustion neck and lace details in Warrenwood Bridal Suite
Classic gold wedding rings on white rose
Gold Bridal Accessories
Bridal Party in Floral Rompers at Warrenwood Manor
Bride in sweetheart cut wedding dress with illusion neck
Classic bridal hair and makeup
Classic bridal hair and makeup
Bridal Party in mismatched blush dresses
Bride at Warrenwood Manor farm wedding
Bridal Party in flowy blush dresses with garden bouquets
Bridal Party in flowy blush dresses with garden bouquets
Bridal Portrait with ivory and greenery bouquet at Warrenwood Manor
Groom getting ready for wedding at Warrenwood Manor, a central Kentucky wedding venue
Groom's accessories bring personality to his wedding day at Warrenwood
Groom with his groomsmen dressed in navy and white
Crazy socks worn by Groomsmen at charming southern estate wedding
Classy southern groomsmen in navy and white for estate wedding
Classic Southern Groom in Navy and white with polka dot bow tie
Classic Southern Groom in Navy and white with polka dot bow tie
Classic Southern Groom in Navy and white with polka dot bow tie
Bride & Groom before ceremony at Warrenwood Manor
Prayer before classic southern wedding ceremony
Timelessly Romantic Southern Wedding at Warrenwood Manor
Guestbook Table with Kentucky shaped wooden guestbook
Sime & Timeless Wedding Program
Timeless Southern Flower Girls with floral crowns
Bride & her father walk to timeless southern ceremony
Bride & her father walk down aisle of timeless southern ceremony
Blush, Navy & White wedding ceremony at Warrenwood Manor
Timelessly Romantic Southern Wedding Ceremony of Navy, Blush and White
Timelessly Romantic Southern Wedding Ceremony of Navy, Blush and White
Charming Southern Wedding with wood aisle signs
Timelessly Romantic Southern Wedding Ceremony of Navy, Blush and White
Timelessly Romantic Southern Wedding Ceremony of Navy, Blush and White
Timelessly Romantic Southern Wedding Ceremony of Navy, Blush and White
Timelessly Southern Couple at Warrenwood Manor wedding ceremony
Charming Southern Wedding Party at Warrenwood Manor. Blush, Navy & White wedding attire.
Dog with eucalyptus colar for the wedding at Warrenwood Manor
Historic Southern Estate Wedding at Warrenwood Manor in Kentucky
Timelessly Romantic Southern Bride & Groom
Timelessly Romantic Southern Bride & Groom
Timelessly Romantic Southern Bride & Groom
Timelessly Romantic Southern Bride & Groom at farm wedding
Timelessly Romantic Southern Bride & Groom
Timelessly Romantic Southern Bride & Groom
Bud vase centerpieces with white florals and eucalyptus at southern barn wedding
Head Table at Classy Southern Barn Wedding
Bud vase centerpieces with white florals and eucalyptus at classy southern barn wedding
Layered naked cake on ivory cake stand with ivory ranuculus on top
Bride & Groom cut cake at classy southern barn wedding at Warrenwood Manor
Bride & Groom cut cake at classy southern barn wedding at Warrenwood Manor
First Dance as Mr. & Mrs. at barn reception at Warrenwood Manor in Kentucky
Barn reception at Warrenwood Manor in Kentucky
Sparkler Sendoff from Timelessly Romatic Southern wedding at Warrenwood Manor

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A Rustic Country Farm Wedding | Kaylon + John

Kaylon and John’s summer wedding was just so perfect I can’t even explain it!  Kaylon knew exactly what she wanted for her big day from the very beginning and she made it happen in a big way. It was so awesome to see so many great people come together to make this wedding special. Really, the best part of my job is getting to know couples, their friends, and family. I loved working with Kaylon and John and getting to know those who love them most was a true joy! From their cowboy boots to their sparkler send off, this rustic farm wedding was just perfection from beginning to end!

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Casual coral bridesmaid dress hanging in the Warrenwood Bridal Suite
Wedding dress hanging in historic Warrenwood Manor
Bridesmaids boots for a rustic country wedding at Warrenwood Manor, a central Kentucky wedding venue.
Photo of Bride's accessories in Warrenwood Bridal Suite
Bride getting ready in bridal suite at Warrenwood Manor
Bridal party in monogrammed button downs and leggings
Rustic Country bridal party in cowboy boots and coral dresses
Rustic country bridal party portrait at farm wedding in central Kentucky
Bridal Portrait with southern charm and rustic elegance at Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue.
Bride dressed in a sweetheart cut mermaid dress with soft airy veil
Country Rustic Bride in mermaid dress train in historic Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue.
Country Rustic Bride in mermaid dress train in historic Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue.
Country Rustic Bride in mermaid dress with train during farm wedding in central Kentucky
Country rustic bridal bouquet of baby's breath, coral roses and coral gerber daisies with burlap wrap
Rustic country flower girl and ring bearer at Warrenwood Manor wedding
Southern charm groom dressed in light khaki with light blue tie and gerber daisy boutonniere
Southern rustic charm groomsmen in light khaki suits at Warrenwood Manor
Groom dressed for southern rustic country wedding in central Kentucky
Rustic country wedding party in coral, khaki and blue
Outdoor rustic country wedding ceremony in the back yard at Warrenwood Manor with bourbon barrels
Daisies and baby's breath in mason jar on shepard's hooks for aisle at rustic country outdoor wedding
Rustic country alter table at Warrenwood Manor outdoor farm ceremony
Rustic country outdoor ceremony at Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue.
Rustic country outdoor ceremony at Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue.
Rustic country outdoor ceremony at Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue.
Rustic country outdoor ceremony at Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue.
Rustic Country Bride & Groom in Warrenwood Manor barn
Rustic Country Bride & Groom portrait in front of historic rural estate, Warrenwood Manor
Rustic Country Bride & Groom portrait at historic rural estate, Warrenwood Manor
Rustic Country Bride & Groom portrait in historic mansion on rural Kentucky estate, Warrenwood Manor
Kentucky barn wedding venue
Rustic country barn wedding reception at Kentucky wedding venue
First dance at rustic country barn wedding reception
Wedding decor- mason jar glasses for wedding reception
Rustic country table setting with wood table numbers and baby'sbreath in blue mason jars at Warrenwood Manor barn
Bouquet toss at rustic country wedding at Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue.
Cake cutting at rustic country wedding reception
Sparkler sendoff from rustic country barn wedding at Warrenwood Manor

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Your Wedding Ceremony, Your Way

Visit the Warrenwood Manor blog for tips on how to personalize your wedding ceremony. Make your wedding ceremony special with these unique ceremony ideas and tips.
Visit the Warrenwood Manor blog for tips on how to personalize your wedding ceremony. Make your wedding ceremony special with these unique ceremony ideas and tips.

A wedding ceremony can be vastly different from one couple to the next, but there are certain traditions that have withstood the test of time.  You’ll definitely want to exchange rings, state your vows and share your first kiss.  Even so, there is room for personality in every ceremony.  Your ceremony can be short and sweet or lovingly longer.  It can be formal or casual.  It can be religious or non-denominational.  The look, tone, and content of your ceremony can and should be personalized to fit you and your fiance.

The Look

Create a style for your wedding ceremony that represents who you and your fiance are as a couple.  For example, if you’re simple and earthy have an outdoor ceremony with minimal decor.  If you prefer a more polished, sophisticated look, opt for an indoor wedding ceremony with a classic color palette and more elaborate florals.  Consider the following factors as you decide on a look for your event.

  • Location:  This is the single most influential decision you will make for the look of your ceremony.  Do you have a “special place” you want to get married?  If you want your ceremony outside, do you want it in a field, a garden, by the lake or under a tree?  If you want it indoors, do you like the look of a museum, warehouse, hotel ballroom, barn or historic home?  There are so many options, you just have to determine what fits you and your event best.
  • Type of Seating:  Hay bales, benches, folding chairs, mismatched antique chairs, and church pews all give a different vibe to your ceremony.  Decide what goes with the atmosphere you are trying to create.
  • Decor:  Ceremony decor can include a guestbook table, aisle decor, alter decor as well as many other miscellaneous items.  Including decor that means something to you, like Grandpa’s writing desk as the ceremony table, can really bring personality to your ceremony look.  Remember more is more, but less is more sometimes too. (Does that make sense? Haha)  Also, choose florals that reflect what you like.  Some people just don’t like roses, for example, and it is totally fine not to use them.
  • Wedding Party Attire:  You can really make a statement with what you and your wedding party wear during the ceremony.  The color palette, pattern, style, and level of formality accent the look of your ceremony.
Intimate Indoor Ceremony at Warrenwood Manor
Intimate Indoor Ceremony at Warrenwood Manor. Photo by Cassie Lopez Photography.

The Tone

Tone can be further described as the mood, the feel or the atmosphere of an event.  The two major elements that contribute to the tone of your wedding ceremony are your music and your officiant.

  • Music:  Choose music that means something to you.  For example, I had “Amazing Grace” play during the unity ceremony at my wedding.  Everyone says it’s a funeral song, but it is one of mine and my grandmother’s favorite songs, so now it’s a wedding song!  The song playing during your exit is a great opportunity to show some personality.  You can also have family or friends preform during the ceremony for another personal touch.
  • Officiant:   The officiant you choose will set the tone for how religious or not your ceremony will be.  Go with a church pastor, youth minister, religion professor or priest if you want a traditional service.  There are many other options if you want a more non-denominational ceremony.  Either way, it is usually best to choose an officiant that knows you well; it helps calm the nerves.  Make sure you discuss whether or not you want stories, jokes and audience participation included in your ceremony.
Bride and Groom during their southern glam barn wedding ceremony
Rustic southern glam barn wedding. Photo by Legacy Art Photography & Videography.

The Content

The substance of your wedding ceremony says a lot about what you and your fiance care about and the message you want to send the world about the commitment you are making to each other.  That sounds intense, but your officiant should be able to guide you through the process.

  • Readings: Pick quotes and/or Bible verses that you love.  It can be the quote on your fridge magnet that you live by every day, a lyric from a favorite song or something that’s stuck with you from a book you read years ago.  Your officiant can help you if you don’t have a set quote in mind but know the essence of what you are trying to say.
  • Your Vows:  Some of you may opt to personalize vows by writing your own.  This takes time and thought, but allows you to say exactly what you want.  For those of you that tend to get emotional or think you may get really nervous, it may be best to stick with vows provided by your officiant.
  • Unity Ceremony:  A unity ceremony symbolizes the union of two individuals into one marriage.  Not everyone decides to do a unity ceremony during their ceremony, but if you like the idea, you have a lot of different options.  For example, you can do a candle lighting, mix colored sand or water, plant a tree, break a loaf bread or braid a cord of three strands.  We’ve even had a couple take a shot of bourbon for their unity ceremony!  You can be as creative as you want or go with a classic option.

My number one piece of advice for you is to be unapologetically yourself.   Don’t give in to outside pressures to portray an idealized version of yourself for your guests.  Embrace your individuality and your identity as a couple by personalizing your ceremony to your taste.  It’s okay to adhere to standard practices, but empower yourself to skip any tradition that you don’t like, don’t believe in or don’t care about.

Feature photo by Jessica Moore Photography.

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